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03/27/2017 Action Alert: Bills to Support and Oppose in Committee This Week

Submitted by Sean Hennigan on Mon, 03/27/2017 - 10:10am


Toxic Emissions Alerts
HB 1927 by Eddie Rodriguez
Requires the establishment of a toxic chemical alert system that broadcasts information to populations living within 30 minutes of an area that has experienced a toxic emission threatening human health
House Environmental Regulation Committee hearing Tuesday, March 28
Securing Health Insurance After Incarceration
HB 337 by Collier
HB 1734 by Coleman
Would ensure individuals who have Medicaid before confinement in a county jail are able to resume coverage promptly
House Public Health hearing Tuesday, March 28
Protecting Honeybees
HB 1535 by Farrar
Prohibiting the use of certain pesticides on public road right-of-ways.
House Agriculture and Livestock Committee hearing Wednesday, March 29
Mental Health Care to Prevent Criminal Justice Involvement
SB 292 by Huffman
Would create a grant program to support multi-disciplinary community approaches to meeting mental health care needs for low-income Texans at risk of criminal justice involvement
Senate Health and Human Services Committee hearing Wednesday, March 29
State Budget
HB 2 by Zerwas
Authorizes use of the “Rainy Day Fund” to meet critical budget needs
Pending in House Appropriations Committee



Urging Congress to Keep Trying to Dismantle the Health Insurance System
HCR 58 by Lozano
Urging Congress to block grant Medicaid
HCR 37 by Workman
Calling on Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act
House Select Committee on State/Federal Power Responsibility hearing Thursday, March 30
Refugees and Asylees
SB 1018 by Hughes
Licensing family detention centers
Senate Veteran Affairs and Border Security Committee hearing Wednesday, March 29

Weekly Witness Call Scripts

Click here for a list of toll free numbers for House and Senate members. Using the toll free numbers allow Texas Impact staff to track how many calls are going in to each office.
It’s especially helpful if your own senator or representative is a member of the committee; however, even if you don’t live in the district of any committee members, you still should call all the members of the committee and let them know how you feel about the bill.

Sample Script
Hello, my name is                 and I live in ___________. I am calling to thank Representative/Senator       __  for his/her service and to let you know that I and members of my congregation are praying for the Representative/Senator and his/her staff.
I’m calling about HB/SB__________ by ______________________.  That bill is in __________________(name of the committee the bill is in). I support/oppose the bill and here’s why:
I want to urge the Representative/Senator to support/oppose HB/SB__________. Can you tell me how the Representative/Senator plans to vote on the bill, and if there is any information she/he needs to help make a decision about how to vote?

Don’t forget to thank the staff member you are talking to at the end of the call, even if you disagree with their boss on the issue or bill—they are working hard and appreciate being appreciated!
In the past members have occasionally blocked our toll free number because of high call volume from people of faith. We want them to hear your voice, so if you call twice and received busy signals, email and we will update the number.


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